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Doctor insights on: Why Do Medical Professionals Claim That Rotator Cuff Muscle Injuries Never Heal

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Why do medical professionals claim that rotator cuff muscle injuries never heal?

Why do medical professionals claim that rotator cuff muscle injuries never heal?

Needs rx immediately: Without proper treatment, symptoms of a rotator cuff injury or tear can persist for months or years, and they usually become worse over time. Most rotator cuff injuries respond to treatment within four to six weeks, especially if an injection is part of the treatment. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Can i heal my rotator cuff injury without surgery? I fell a couple of months ago and tore my rotator cuff muscle. The dr. Says i need surgery, but I am hesitant, because that would mean a long recovery. I am self-employed and i can't make a living witho

Can i heal my rotator cuff injury without surgery? I fell a couple of months ago and tore my rotator cuff muscle.  The dr. Says i need surgery, but I am hesitant, because that would mean a long recovery.  I am self-employed and i can't make a living witho

I : I agree with dr. Peterson. Depending on type of rotator cuff tear, physical therapy is often an excellent option. By maximizing the muscle strength of the surrounding the other rotator cuff muscles and surrounding shoulder blade muscles, the pain associated with the tear and subsequent dysfunction may be controlled. For those who do not have success with physical therapy, surgery may improve their results. Physical therapy seems to do a little better in the degenerative type tears or the partial thickness rotator cuff tears. Usually, large full thickness rotator cuff tears tend to require surgical repair. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are good exercises to heal and strengthen rotator cuff muscles?

Could you tell me what are good exercises to heal and strengthen rotator cuff muscles?

Strengthening: Exercises will not "heal" the torn rotator cuff but can help with the symptoms associated with tendinitis or a tear in some instances. Rotator cuff strengthening with theraband as well as periscapular or shoulder blade muscle strengthening would be helpful. See a therapist for details. ...Read more

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How does a pitcher get a rotator cuff injury or is it just a pulled muscles?

How does a pitcher get a rotator cuff injury or is it just a pulled muscles?

It can be a cuff: A pitcher can cause damage to their rotator cuff. However, the issues that upper extremity athletes have with their shoulders are unique. Therefore, there treatments are unique. If you are pitcher and you are having shoulder pain, see a shoulder specialist orthopedic surgeon who has experience with upper extremity athletes. ...Read more

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Why is the suprasipatus muscle the most frequently involved muslce in rotator cuff injuries?

Blood supply: The supraspinatus is most commonly torn for a couple of reasons. First, the tendon gets blood supply from attachment site on bone, and from muscle. Between these is a watershed area where blood supply is limited. Allows for more rapid tendon degradation. Next, it is subject to pathologic contact with the undersurface of the acromion, known as impingement. ...Read more

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Could I have a rotator cuff injury or just a pulled muscles as well as nerves?

Could I have a rotator cuff injury or just a pulled muscles as well as nerves?

See below: A rotator cuff injury is a muscle injury to one or more of the four muscles that make up the rotator cuff: supraspinatus (more often injured of the four), infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. Other injuries can occur with rotator cuff injuries and nerve injuries to the brachial plexus are possible along with clavicle fractures, ac separations, subluxations hand other shoulder injuries. ...Read more

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What are foods to avoid eating when you have a muscle tear or rotator cuff injury?

Good Question: I'm not aware of any studies or research looking at relationship of shoulder and rotator cuff symptoms and food. That said, for patients planning on a surgical procedure it does make sense to optimize your nutrition to promote healing. ...Read more

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Why do most rotator cuff injuries involve the suprasipatus muscle?

Why do most rotator cuff injuries involve the suprasipatus muscle?

More on Rotator Cuff: We also see subscapularis tears in approximately 35% of the rotator cuff tears we treat. Learn more here: http://theshouldercenter.Com/rotator-cuff-tear.Htm and http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/shoulderpain/2013/rotator-cuff-repair-2/rotator-cuff-tear-subscapularis/. ...Read more

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Would muscle building exercises help prevent rotator cuff injuries?

Would muscle building exercises help prevent rotator cuff injuries?

Maybe: Some rotator cuff tears are traumatic in nature and can occur despite any preventative measures. The majority are degenerative or overuse injuries, and maintenance of certain shoulder and scapular musculature may help prevent slow underlying damage. In short, it can probably help, but everyone is unique and not all conditions will be preventable. ...Read more

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What exactly causes the stiffness from a rotator cuff injury? Muscle spasms?

Capsular tightness: A rotator cuff tear is usually painful and can spawn a cascade of undesirable events in the surrounding tissues. The muscles attached to the torn cuff tendon can become weak, atrophied and painful. The underlying shoulder capsule can become transiently stiff and noncompliant resulting in a debilitating loss of motion ("frozen shoulder"). Scar tissue/synovitis can accumulate and block motion too. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Rotator Cuff (Definition)

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that wrap around the ball of the ball and socket joint f the shoulder. The cuff muscles initiate the movements of internal and external rotation as well as lifting your arm ...Read more


Dr. Ravi Chand
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more